Bali volcano eruption: Could Mount Agung erupt AGAIN? What will happen when it erupts?

Mount Agung is an active volcano which means it could erupt at any moment. The Indonesian volcano sprayed ash two kilometres into the air on Sunday. But it wasn’t the first time the Bali has been hit with massive ash clouds from the active volcano. Mount Agung is unstable and erupts on a regular basis, the next volcanic surge could be imminent.

But is Mount Agung likely to erupt again?

Following Sunday’s eruption Mount Agung still remains in a state of “unrest” according to volcanic activity tracker Magma.

The active volcano is on high alert following the latest eruption.

The volcano is categorised as orange currently which means it is exhibiting heightened unrest with an increased likelihood of eruption.

The orange colour code can also indicate a volcanic eruption is underway with no or minor ash emission.

The Alert Level remained at three (on a scale of one to four) following the recent eruption with the exclusion zone set at a 4km radius.

Mount Agung is an active volcano and is prone to regular eruptions – in the past decade alone, there have been a string of serious eruptions at Mount Agung.

In November 2017 Agung erupted five times, causing thousands to evacuate the area.

Air travel was disrupted and there was environmental damage.

Following the November 27 2017 eruption, the alert level was at its highest and evacuation orders were in place.

Mount Agung or Gunung Agung sits on the highest point on the island.

At 10,308ft high it dominates the surrounding area and influences the climate.

Agung takes water from clouds which come from the west, so its western side is lush and green and its east is dry and barren.

The volcano is also located along the horseshoe-shaped Pacific Ring of Fire which is 25,000 miles-long, is known for its chain of volcanoes.

According to volcano tracker website Agung has a typical eruption style of “highly explosive.”

The latest Mount Agung eruption

On Sunday, April 21 Mount Agung’s observatory post recorded an eruption at 3.21am local time.

There were no reports of any injuries after the thick ash plume was seen drifting to the south-west.

Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, a spokesman for the national disaster mitigation agency said: “This a normal situation of an active volcano and there is no need for the public to panic, as long as they remain outside the danger zone.

“Don’t try to get closer to the crater to document the volcanic activity in the crater.”

Flights were not affected by the eruption and air travel continued as normal.

What will happen when Mount Agung erupts again?

Depending on the strength of the next Mount Agung, eruption various safety measures could be put into action.

A no go zone could be put in place around the volcano’s perimeter to keep people safe from the hot volcanic ash.

Severe ash clouds could cause flights to the island to be suspended.